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Aug 1, 2009

MONSTER SQUAD with Live DIRECTOR’S COMMENTARY at the Aero


There is only one movie that informed us that the Wolf Man has nards, and that is the Fred Dekker directed THE MONSTER SQUAD.

Released in August of 1987, the movie is about a group of kids that call themselves the Monster Squad and do battle with Dracula, Frankenstein, The Wolf Man and The Mummy who seek an amulet that would allow them to do whatever nasty things they want to. Who better to save the world than children I ask you!

Not at all successful at the box office, this movie gained a cult status upon its release on VHS. As well, the film just made its debut on a 2-disc special edition DVD this past year bringing it back into the public eye. Many people who discovered this film (and its GOONIE-like charms) have only experienced it on low quality VHS or Cable TV. Although the quality of the DVD print is very good, this is one film that for most would be a new experience seeing it on the big screen.

Tomorrow night (Sunday, August 2) the American Cinematheque is screening THE MONSTER SQUAD at the Aero Theater in Santa Monica but with a small twist. Special guest, director Fred Dekker (and other guests are said to "be announced) will be doing a LIVE commentary while the film is screening. In essence, you are getting your own personal DVD director's commentary, and I'm not sure, but there will probably be opportunity to ask questions (again don't quote me) and being live you know the director isn't going to go off on some tangents like Kurt Russell and John Carpenter do on BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA (they start talking about Kurt's son being in a hockey tournament) or talk about unnecessary things like on the first MATRIX DVD where one of the effects artists drones on about rendering software during the big subway station fight between Smith and Neo.

This is not the first time the Cinematheque has done this as last year they held a similar event with Jon Favreau doing the same thing for IRON MAN.

This is your chance to see the film and hear about the making of it right from the director's mouth and perhaps (knowing the Cinematheque) there might even be a few more surprises.

The American Cinematheque website can be found HERE.

The official American Cinematheque press release follows:

Sunday, August 2 – 7:30 PM

Live Commentary! THE MONSTER SQUAD, 1987, LionsGate, 82 min. Dir. Fred Dekker. Young kids form a club that is devoted to monsters, but soon get more than they bargained for when Count Dracula adjourns to Earth, accompanied by Frankenstein's Monster, the Wolfman, the Mummy and the Gill-man. The uglies are in search of a powerful amulet that will grant them power to rule the world. Our heroes - the Monster Squad are the only ones daring to stand in their way. With Andre Gower, Robby Kiger, Stephen Macht, Tom Noonan (as Frankenstein's monster), Duncan Regehr (as Dracula). Trailer

Director Fred Dekker will comment on the making of THE MONSTER SQUAD while it is screening. Other guests to be announced.